Memorial is the second episode of the Fourth Season and the sixty-eighth episode in the series.


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A NEW DANGER COMES TO TOWN — Elena tries to cope with the extreme highs and lows that are part of becoming a vampire, and Stefan and Damon almost come to blows while arguing about what is best for her. Damon decides to help Elena in his own way and asks her not to tell Stefan. A stranger, Connor Jordan, arrives in town and begins questioning Sheriff Forbes and Carol Lockwood. Connor’s actions quickly convince Stefan that they are dealing with a dangerous vampire hunter. Jeremy and Matt are shocked to see a girl they used to know, April, has returned to town and is enrolling at Mystic Falls High. At a town gathering, Elena comes close to losing control until Caroline steps in to help her. Finally Damon confides his feelings to an unexpected friend.



Main CastEdit

Recurring CastEdit

Special Guest StarEdit

Guest CastEdit



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Last.fm_play.png "Woe Is Me…I Am Ruined" – The Lonely Forest
Last.fm_play.png "Change" – Kopecky Family Band
Last.fm_play.png "Fear And Loathing" – Marina & The Diamonds
Last.fm_play.png "How Can I Keep From Singing" – St. Phillips Boy’s Choir
Last.fm_play.png "Youth Knows No Pain" – Lykke Li
Last.fm_play.png "Ungodly Hour" – The Fray


  • Antagonist: Connor Jordan.
  • This is the last episode of The Transition Chapter.
  • First appearance of April Young and Connor Jordan.
  • Bonnie invites Stefan into her home for the first time.
  • This is the first time that Mystic Falls Church is shown.
  • Elena's first compulsion as a vampire occured in this episode.
  • Thanks to the explosion, Mayor Lockwood and Sheriff Forbes have resumed power in Mystic Falls. But the sheriff thinks there may have been more to the explosion that meets the eye and questioned Damon to find out if he had anything to do with the council being blown up.[1]
  • Elena exchanges blood with Damon - in the books, vampires cannot have normal sex, but exchanging blood gives them sexual pleasure.
  • This episode shows firsthand how more resilient hybrids are against wood than vampires, as the bullets Connor used would have killed most vampires.
  • Elena's first human feed, warm blood from the vein, in the books is also Matt.
  • All the deaths prompt the group to take a look back at all of those who have died, leading to a touching impromptu memorial and a nice surprise ending. [2]

Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Achilles Heel : a weak spot on an otherwise impenetrable defense. This is usually a deadly weakness that can lead to downfall. It refers to the mythical hero Achilles, who was invulnerable all over, except by his heel, where his mother held while performing the magic. He survived many battles but died being shot with an arrow to the heel.
  • Bambi - animated Disney movie about a baby deer growing up in the woods after the death of his mother. It is often used as synonim of baby deer.
  • "Bunny diet " - how Damon calls Stefan's diet of wild animal's blood.
  • Bloodlust - the craving for blood typical of vampires, overwhelming in recently turning vampires.
  • "Rip the proverbial band-aid " - it refers to the fact that if you rip the band aid quickly, you have a sharp pain, but then it's gone. If try to slowly pull it out, you just make the pain last longer.
  • After feeding on a deer, Elena interrupts her make-out with Stefan to puke blood - very similar to the scene between Sookie and Alcide's on the episode Let's Boot and Rally of True Blood.
  • Busybody - somebody who meddles into affairs of others.
  • Sky Lanterns are a Chinese invention, but in Thailand releasing a lantern is symbolic of problems and worries floating away. Because they have open flame and paper in their construction, they are a fire hazzard and are banned in many countries.
  • Pay it forward - the concept of asking the beneficiary of a good deed to repay it to others instead of the original benefactor. Although the concept is/was already on a Greek play published in 317 AD, it was popularized by the 2000 movie starring Haley Joel Osmend.
  • Pixie Cut - really short haircut for women. Popularized in the 1950's by Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina .
  • Grief Sex - It is said that only four things can counteract grief: sex, substance abuse, travel and hurting other people.
  • Germaphobe - Any person who is obsessed with cleanliness and bacteria. Many have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
  • Environmental Cleanup - removal of contaminants from the environment, usually to protect human health.


Behind The ScenesEdit

  • This episode marks the first appearances of April Young and Connor Jordan.
  • A scene with guns was deleted. [3]
  • According to Carina MacKenzie, “Memorial" is one of the 5 best "Vampire Diaries" episodes ever.[4]
  • The song "Firework" by Cameron E. was featured.[5]
  • This is the first episode of the series to not feature any of the originals since Ghost World.
  • Scenes featuring Rebekah may have been cut from the episode, because Claire Holt is still credited as guest starring even though she was not in the episode.


Elena (to Damon): "Maybe I'm better off dead."

Stefan (to Damon): "She's strong, if we can help her she can survive."

Damon: "What brings you to Mystic Falls?"
Connor: "I'm part of the cleanup."

Damon: "You're a vampire, Elena. Be a vampire."

Stefan: "Everything is heightened. Sight, smell, taste, touch."

Damon: "Making a big mistake."
Stefan: "No I'm not. If I can get Elena used to animal blood right out the gates..."
Damon: "You're reaching."
Stefan: "Maybe she would be able to by pass all the things that we went through."
Damon: "Delusional."
Stefan: "Maybe she actually has a shot at this."
Damon: "Wrong, you're just wrong, Stefan."
Stefan: "She won't be able to handle it when she hurts someone, Damon. Her compassion is her Achilles heel, and everything is magnified right now."
Damon: "You better hope that she's not a fan of Bambi."

Elena: "Did you set up the explosion that killed the Town Council?"
Damon: "Am I wearing my . . . I blew up the Council T-shirt?"





  1. [2]" - "Examiner"
  2. [3]" - " TVOvermind"
  3. Gun gag
  4. [4] - Zap2It

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